On June 4, the NBA’s Board of Governors approved to restart the 2019-20 NBA season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of July 31st at Walt Disney World.
The 2019-20 restart is contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World as a single site for a campus for all games, practices, and housing for the remainder of the season.
According to ESPN, “NBA teams will be contained to three specific hotels within the Disney complex.” Players will be tested for COVID-19 nightly per a post by Scott Gustin on Twitter.
The hotels to house the NBA Players have not been announced yet. Also note that we have not heard any word from Disney on the NBA coming to Walt Disney World, all the information we are getting right now is from the NBA.
NEW: According to ESPN, “NBA teams will be contained to three specific hotels within the Disney complex.” Players will be tested for COVID-19 every night. pic.twitter.com/cRoIuVswyA
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) June 7, 2020
July 31 is the tentative start date for the NBA with the Finals ending no later than Oct. 12th.
According to the NBA website a total of 22 teams would return to play this season.
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Toronto Raptors
- Boston Celtics
- Miami Heat
- Indiana Pacers
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Los Angeles Lakers
- LA Clippers
- Denver Nuggets
- Utah Jazz
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Houston Rockets
- Dallas Mavericks
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Portland Trail Blazers
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Sacramento Kings
- San Antonio Spurs
- Phoenix Suns
This is based on the competitive format that the BOG approved. The returning teams are the 16 teams in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.
For more information on the NBA’s return click here.
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